Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Eastern Pennsylvania
Long trip, What oil to carry just-in-case
This is a technical question so some advice from the guys who know their shit would be greatly appreciated. (Are you ready RGKen, Thermodyne, and the many other knowledgeable people on this site?)
I looked at a map the other day and realized that there are only 5 states in the lower 48 that I have never been to. (ND,SD, MN, IA, and NE.) So in two weeks, that's where I'm riding off to. I was experiencing the transmission fluid transfer issue but it hasn't happened in about 2,000 miles. Normally on a long trip, I carry a quart of Mobil 1 20/50 just-in-case I'm in the middle of nowhere and need to add some oil. I have never needed to add transmission fluid on any bike I have ever owned so that was never a concern.
I currently have 75/140 gear oil in the transmission. My question is this: If I discover I need to add transmission fluid because I am transferring again, can I add 20/50 to the gear oil without it causing any damage or issues? Or should I just switch to 20/50 in all three holes prior to going on this trip? When I get home, I will be changing all fluids so the mixture of 20/50 and 75/140 would only be temporary. The trip is 3,000 miles total.
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